Dir: Oliver Schmitz
Life Above All tells the moving story of a relationship between a mother and young daughter and their fight against the prejudice that comes with a positive HIV/AIDS status. The film captures the enduring strength of loyalty and a courage powered by the heart. It was selected as the South African entry for the best foreign language film at the Academy Awards, and was screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE (CARDIFF): 22ND OCTOBER @5.45 PM BOOK TICKET
MAGIC LANTERN (TYWYN):9TH NOVEMBER @3.00 PM (FOLLOWED BY PANEL DISCUSSION)
Dir: Ian Gabriel. With: Brendon Daniels, Jezzriel Skei, Lindiwe Matshikiza.
Leila, a London trained doctor, returns home to the notorious Cape Flats for her father’s funeral and recognizes her childhood friend Farakahn, a reformed criminal recently released from prison. She finds herself drawn into his world while he tries to set an example for his son Ricardo, a chess prodigy lured in equal measure by the thrill of warfare on the chessboard and the seductive prestige of joining a powerful street gang.
CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE (CARDIFF): 21ST OCTOBER @ 5.45 PM BOOK TICKET
ABERYSTWYTH ARTS CENTRE: 27TH OCTOBER @5.45 PM BOOK TICKET
South Africa/2014/86 min/15
Dir: Rehad Desai
In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days later the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. Using the point of view of the Marikana miners, Miners Shot Down follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low-paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company Lonmin, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers. What emerges is collusion at the top, spiralling violence and the country’s first post-apartheid massacre. South Africa will never be the same again.
HADY ELLIS BUILDING, CARDIFF UNIVERSITY, CF24 4HQ; 4th NOVEMBER @6.30 PM BOOK TICKET
NEUADD OGWEN (BETHESDA) 13TH DECEMBER BOOK TICKET
South Africa/2010/94 mins/15
Dir: Gavin Hood
Tsotsi is adapted from the novel by South African writer Athol Fugard. Set in Alexandria, a slum in Johannesburg, the film tells the story of Tsotsi, a young street thug who hijacks a car only to discover a baby in the back seat. As he is faced with the choice between right and wrong, so Tsotsi has to decide the path of his life. With evocative cinematography of the townships and skylines of Johannesburg, the soundtrack features kwaito (a popular South African hip hop style music) performed by South African artist Zola as well as a score with the voice of South African protest singer/poet Vusi Mahlasela. The film won the 2006 Oscar for best foreign language film.
CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE (CARDIFF) : 20TH OCTOBER @10.45 AM – 2.30 PM – AS/A2 FILM STUDY SCREENINGS + Q & A
Africa Music: Magic Lantern bar will be open to midnight.
South Africa/2013/84 mins/15
Dir: Abby Ginzberg
SOFT VENGEANCE is a film about Albie Sachs, a lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter, set against the dramatic events leading to the overthrow of the apartheid regime in South Africa. Shining a spotlight on Albie’s story provides a prism through which to view the challenges faced by those unable to tolerate a society founded on principles of slavery and disempowerment of South Africa’s majority black population. As a young man, Albie defended those committed to ending apartheid in South Africa. For his actions as a lawyer, he was imprisoned in solitary confinement in Cape Town, tortured through sleep deprivation and forced into exile. In 1988 he was blown up by a car bomb set by the South African security forces in Maputo, Mozambique, which cost him his right arm and the sight of one eye, but miraculously he survived and after a long year of rehabilitation in England, he recovered. Returning to South Africa following the release of Nelson Mandela, Albie helped write the new Constitution and was then appointed as one of the first 11 judges to the new Constitutional Court, which for the past 20 years has been insuring that the rights of all South Africans are afforded protection.
Dir: Eric Till
Courting Justice features seven South African women judges including the much acclaimed, judge Masipa who held the key to Oscar Pistorius’s trial..all of whom were New Democracy appointments. They serve on the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal and the provincial High Courts. They speak to us while at work in their court rooms and chambers, at home and in the communities in which they were raised. Courting Justice is their story.
It is a very personal story, revealing the challenges they confront working in a previously all-male institution and the sacrifices they make to affect the Constitution’s human rights promises. The film documents South Africa’s transition from a racist, sexist, exploitative, brutal and oppressive past to a human rights-based constitutional democracy, and looks at the judiciary’s engagement in effecting that transition.